Metallurgical Expertise Extended

UK drop forging company W H Tildesley Ltd continues to invest in metallurgical expertise by extending its Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Strathclyde University Advanced Forming Research Centre(AFRC).
 
W H Tildesley has reached the half-way stage of its Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with the University of Strathclyde. The KTP Associate, Nthambe Singo has been working with WHT’s Engineering and Production teams with support from the University’s Department of Design Manufacture & Engineering Management (DMEM) and Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) to improve the company’s understanding of the behaviour of materials during the forging process.
 
Two key objectives are to improve the understanding and use of finite element (FEM) simulation software to better predict Manufacturing Process Design and to capture and enhance the specialist knowledge within the company into a Knowledge Management System.
 
WHT specialises in small and medium batch production of safety critical parts, often in high-performance materials. The KTP, which is part-funded by Innovate UK, provides a disciplined approach to many of the issues that arise in this dynamic business environment with research-based advice and recommendations for improvement.
 
The project has already racked-up several successes in improved manufacturing processes and management of subsequent heat-treatment. These have demonstrated that the KTP model of a highly qualified Associate supported by a strong academic team can provide huge benefits for a forward thinking UK manufacturing company like W H Tildesley.
 
Managing Director John Tildesley said, “KTP has exceeded all my expectations and we still have a year to go. At WHT we have always prided ourselves on our ability to overcome problems and be innovative. KTP is showing us how to do this quicker and more effectively. Most importantly we shall be embedding our new knowledge to ensure that we continue to be more efficient in the future.”
 
W H Tildesley forges a wide range of components for the Oil & Gas industry and for many of the leading valve and actuator manufacturers.  Materials forged include duplex and super duplex stainless steels, nickel alloys and aluminium bronzes.  WHT holds several NORSOK approvals.

Posted: 18/10/2016